Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Fear of the dentist runs high even among adults, but thanks to sedation dentistry, those struggling with this type of anxiety can finally gain access to their most needed dental health services.

Sedation isn’t just for the more anxious person. It’s commonly used when treating children, people suffering from certain disabilities, and even during long and complex procedures to allow the patient to stay still and comfortable.

However, some patients are often concerned when it comes to the safety of sedation, perhaps even more than the actual dental procedure they need.

So the question begs: is sedation really safe? Find out the answer in this short blog post from Timberlake Dental!

Sedation Is Perfectly Safe When Administered by Trained Professionals

There is always a risk with sedation, as there is with any other type of dental or medical procedure. However, when done by trained professionals in a controlled environment, sedation is perfectly safe.

It’s important to understand that sedation is not for everybody, nor is it necessary for all types of procedures. People suffering from certain medical conditions, taking specific meds, or even pregnant women are not good candidates for sedation as they are more likely to develop complications.

Let’s go through some of the precautions dentists take before recommending (or not) sedation to any patient:

  • Going through the medical history to determine if the patient is a good candidate for sedation, as well as which type of sedation to administer.
  • Taking into account your age, and overall health to determine the right dosage.
  • Informing you of all potential risks of the procedure and going through all of them to address your concerns and give you all the information.
  • Closely monitoring your vital signs during the procedure, to ensure you’re perfectly safe.

What Types of Sedation Are There?

When people think of sedation, they likely think of general anesthesia, the type of sedation that puts you to sleep. However, there are actually 3 other types of sedation that are much more common at the dentist’s office:

  • Nitrous oxide – Most people know it as laughing gas. It’s the most common type of sedation you can get at the dentist. The gas is inhaled through a mask and when the procedure is done, the mask switches to oxygen to help clear the nitrous oxide out of your system.
  • Oral conscious sedation – It involves taking sedation medication shortly before the procedure.
  • IV sedation – A constant stream of sedation medication is administered throughout the procedure. It’s usually required for more complex and lengthy treatments to make sure the patient remains perfectly comfortable.

Time for a Dentist Visit? Timberlake Dental Can Help!

Timberlake Dental is here to help you get your most needed dental services to restore the look and health of your smile.

Book an appointment with Dr. Rodney Chowning online, or call us directly at (940) 395-1467 today.